‘When You’re Online, Give People Hope,’ Says Digital Evangelist
Sharing Jesus online.
In a hurting world, it should be abundantly clear to digital evangelists that their best use of time on social media platforms is to share the best news available — to all of us:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
Many pastors and ministry leaders choose to spread the gospel in more old-school, traditional ways while shying away from social media. Others unashamedly fish for the souls of people on apps such as Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, and more recently, TikTok.
Pastor and author Chuck Tate, 52, who first started sharing (in person) the gospel while in the 5th grade, telling students the story of David and Goliath, now shares the Good News through the Internet.
Tate hosts a Bible study on TikTok (@chucketate) on Thursdays. He has more than 96 thousand followers and he attributes the growth in numbers to a recent revelation. A few years ago, he heard a prominent pastor on a podcast say that digital evangelists should “speak to people’s pain.”
“When you’re online, give people hope,” Tate told Think Eternity. “Make your target audience people who are in a season of pain because they are the most receptive to the Good News. At some point, even the ones who don’t want anything to do with the gospel, they may lose a loved one, may lose a job, or simply be going through a storm. It is when any one of us is in pain, that we are most receptive to the gospel.”
Alex Murashko is lead writer for the Thinke writing team. His site Media on Mission features stories written by journalists with a biblical world view. Murashko is a contributor to Higher Ground at the Washington Times.